We often make jokes about different denominations, based on a thin slice of truth. But can you really explain the difference between a Lutheran and an Episcopalian? The United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church? Take some time to learn about the backgrounds and beliefs of some of the most well-known denominations in our country. We've thrown in a fun two-session study on the Shakers as well. If you use all of the studies listed below, you will have sixteen weeks of study material. You may use these in any order.
What do Baptists Believe? This two-session study addresses some of the major beliefs most Baptists hold dear and traces the history of the major groupings of Baptists from their beginnings until today.
What do Episcopalians Believe? In session 1, participants are introduced to Episcopal belief through examining the history and development of the Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion. Session 2 will discuss belief as actively revealed in the worship of the church through the American Book of Common Prayer, the central organizing element of the Episcopal Church.
What do Lutherans Believe? This two-session study examines the life of Martin Luther and the theology of the denomination.
What do Presbyterians Believe? In session 1, participants are familiarized with Presbyterians and learn what they believe about God, sin, and the Bible. The goal of session 2 is to educate participants about the Presbyterian understanding of salvation.
What do Shakers Believe? In this study, participants will learn about some of the more interesting aspects of the Shaker religion and will discuss the Shakers' dedication to the concepts of equality, simplicity, and constant devotion to God. And yes, we'll touch on that celibacy issue as well!
What do United Methodists Believe? The first session reviews the importance of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience for Methodists. The second session introduces participants to the core beliefs of the Methodist tradition.
What does the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Believe? This two-session study traces the history and beliefs of this denomination through the generations.
What does the United Church of Christ Believe? This two-session study acquaints participants with the all-American denomination the United Church of Christ (UCC), an amalgamated denomination begun by the Pilgrims.